Saturday, March 03, 2007

Larry E.'s Portfolio: Rick Maki

Rick Maki started working in animation in his native Vancouver after a few years of playing AA league baseball for a New York Yankees farm team.

Rick Maki

He started at Hanna-Barbera as an assistant animator in 1978, moving on to Filmation in 1983 (where Larry Eikleberry sketched him). By the time Filmation closed in 1989, he was a full-fledged designer and development artist.

Rick moved on to Disney features where he was a part of the visdev and story crews on Lion King, Fantasia 2000, Hercules, Dinosaur, Atlantis, Tarzan and Hunchback of Notre Dame. For Pixar he contributed design work to A Bug's Life and Finding Nemo.

In recent years, he's been teaching at CalArts, and in December 2006 he became a partner at G7 Animation.


Anonymous said...

Rick Maki is a PHENOMENAL artist! :-)

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see that Rick Maki has done so well. He was a phenomenal cartoonist even back in high school. He was one of my best friends at Vancouver Tech secondary. We used to do the old Smothers brothers shtick to keep ourselves amused during art class. Good on you, Rick

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